Thursday, October 6, 2022

Absentee ballots available from area clerks

Area residents can apply now for an absentee ballot for the upcoming Nov. 8 general election. Anyone opting to vote by mail should submit an application to the local municipal clerk's office as soon as possible to avoid postal delays, advised Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

 “Every successful election we have held in Michigan over the last three years, voters have made it clear they want options for how and when to cast their ballot by choosing to do so absentee in record numbers,” Benson said. 

“No matter what secure method they choose - whether voting by mail, local drop box or at their clerk's office - Michiganders can be confident their vote will be counted and their voice will be heard.”   

All voters registered in Michigan are eligible to vote absentee. They can apply online at or print an application form from the site and mail, email or hand deliver it to  their local clerk. Voters can find their clerk's contact information at   

Voters with disabilities may apply online for an accessible electronic absent voter ballot at or The accessible ballot can be completed electronically, printed and returned to their clerk, Benson said in a prepared statement.   

Clerks have already begun mailing out absent voter ballots. The completed ballots are already being accepted at local clerk’s offices.   

A ballot-tracking tool on the site allows voters to check when their clerk received their absentee ballot request, when they mailed out the ballot and when they received the ballot back from the voter.   

For more information on absentee voting, or to register to vote, go to